Years ago, when our son was young, my husband and I ran a small cub scout troop. I reached out to a local special education contact that I had and recruited a few of the boys from their school. My husband and I hosted the group of 10.
The kids figured each other out. They learned their individual strengths and weaknesses. When teams were selected, the scout who led the activity selected participants based on ability. It was awesome to watch. There was nothing the kids from the special education class wouldn’t try. There was nothing they didn’t enjoy.
As we look to the next evolution in our services, I can only image the delights for the people we support as their abilities are “discovered”. Discovery is education, and the process of learning about someone’s gifts and potential. We can learn from anyone, and in that learning, we can grow in self confidence. The feeling of being able to handle one task gives you hope for the next opportunity.
We live our best lives when we have confidence. Our communities are enriched when we live with hope. One of our goals is to develop new ways for our clients to be discovered. We want to develop new supports, new options.